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  • 15 May 2015 07:35 | Allen Lund (Administrator)
    SF229 ACM Policy Bill passed on a 122/6 vote, with no amendments.  On the way to the Governor.
    SF634 GCB Policy Bill (ACM endorsed) passed on a 130/0 vote.  On the way to the Governor.
    HF1519 GCB Policy Bill passed on a 129/0 vote.  Headed to the Senate.
    Will get you next steps sometime tomorrow.
    Thanks to all of you that contacted your elected representatives, we had great support today.
    Will be working to get HF1519/SF1786 passed by the Senate and on to the Governor.  Will also be working towards inclusion in the Omnibus Tax Bill.  


  • 07 May 2015 16:33 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Just a note to confirm what you already knew, today the Senate also passed (unanimously) the Gambling Control Board’s policy bill which incorporates some very good changes that should help the charities with their operations.

     

    Attached is a summary of the proposed changes.  I am working with the authors in the House and hope to have them concur with the Senate bill.  I will keep you posted as best I can…

     

    Tom Barrett

    2015 SF 634 Summary.pdf

  • 07 May 2015 15:29 | Allen Lund (Administrator)
    SF229 was passed by the senate today with a 56-8 vote.  There were no amendments added to the bill.  
    Our preference would be that the house accepts the bill with the senate language and votes on the bill as early as possible.  Will keep you informed of what we learn.
    Please contact your Representative and ask them to support SF229 with a yes vote. 
    http://www.gis.leg.mn/OpenLayers/districts/






  • 07 May 2015 15:26 | Allen Lund (Administrator)
    Members and Associates,
    We learned today that our policy bill SF229 (bill attached as well as recap) is up for a vote in the Senate tomorrow morning.  
    This is the ACM policy bill that was vetoed by the Governor in 2014.


    Please send an e-mail or call your Senator and ask them for their yes vote. 


    This needs to be done before the Senate goes into session tomorrow at 11 am.


    This bill helps to ensure that non-profits who use charitable gaming to raise funds for local needs will continue to be a force for good in our local communities for years to come.


    If you need to find out who your senator is, go to http://www.gis.leg.mn/OpenLayers/districts/

    We will let you know the outcome of the vote tomorrow as well as what we can expect to happen next.

    SF0229-3.pdf

    2015 Session Legislation SF229HF under Chapter 349.docx

    Many thanks,


  • 28 Apr 2015 16:06 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Link below to my testimony to the senate tax committee today.

    Testimony starts at 2:03:50

    http://www.senate.mn/media/media_video_popup.php?flv=cmte_taxes_042815.flv

  • 27 Apr 2015 14:33 | Allen Lund (Administrator)
    Members/Associates,


    I am sorry to report to you that our senate tax relief bill (SF1227), was not included in the Senate Omnibus Tax bill.  No sections of our bill made the senate omnibus tax bill.

    I will be testifying tomorrow and asking the tax committee to reconsider their decision and include our bill.

    The axiom "it is never over until it is over" is never more true than at the MN Legislature.  The House Omnibus tax bill includes all of our house tax bill (HF1176) proposals.  This will now be resolved in a conference committee.

    I do not see this as strictly a partisan issue and I would urge you not to either.  We have tremendous supporters on both sides of the aisle.  One would have to go a long way to find bigger supporters than Senators Metzen, Saxhaug and Stumpf or Representatives Anzelc, Atkins and Lillie, all Democrats.  


    Please take the time to contact your Representative and Senator telling them what relief would mean to your charity and mission.


  • 22 Apr 2015 15:24 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    http://www.sctimes.com/story/news/local/2015/04/15/charities-taxes-making-gambling-losing-bet/25835269/

    Members and Associates,

    Please read the article from the the St. Cloud Times.  

    Our tax relief bill in both bodies have been heard and are eligible for inclusion in the Omnibus tax bills.  Please keep contacting your elected officials to help them understand the unfairness of the current tax policy for gaming charities.  

    We pay up to seven times the percentage that for profit companies pay as a percentage of their after after expense income. The MN corporate tax rate is 9.8% of what is left after they deduct expenses.  Charities pay 18 to 72% of what is left after paying expenses* in state tax, depending on what bracket you are in and what your expenses are as a percent of your after prize money.  

    *Expenses are 52.3% for the average charity, some pay less, some pay more.  Your numbers will vary.  Knowing what your numbers are when speaking to your legislators is a great help.  Not being able to deduct any expenses prior to calculating our state tax liability means that the average charity pays 42% of what they have left after expenses to the state in taxes annually.  

    I keep asking why people that help care for the sick and elderly, help our veterans, educate our youth, feed the poor, keep kids off the street, make our communities a better place to live, protect us and save lives are treated in such a manner.  We do not feather our own nests, we help others.  Any relief that we get will go to our chosen missions.  You are good folks doing really good work.  

    Thanks much for doing what you do.

  • 07 Apr 2015 16:27 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    ACM Legislative Update on ACM Gaming bills that would impact licensed charities

    Policy Bill SF229/HF374:  ACM policy bill authored by Representatives Sanders, Anzelc, Bernardy, Daudt, Davids, Halvorson, Hoppe, Lillie, Newton, Poppe and Senators Koenen, Chamberlain, Rest, Skoe, Torres Ray.  This is the bill that was passed overwhelmingly by both bodies, but vetoed by the Governor in 2014.  The bill is on the floor in both bodies.  Our expectation is that the bill will again be passed by large margins in both bodies.  Our hope is that the Governor will let this bill become law, with or without his signature.

    Policy Bill SF1786/HF1519:  ACM policy bill authored by Representatives Swedzinski, Anzelc, Atkins, Christensen, Hoppe, Lillie, Sanders and Senators Eaton, Eken, Petersen B. Bill is on the floor in the House.  Bill is headed to the Senate Finance committee due to the bill being amended in the Senate State and Local Government committee.  Modifications were made to the bill that were agreed to by ACM from both the GCB and the League of Cities.  This bill would allow an interim gambling manager for up to 120 days at a second licensed organization.  Waiting time for being a GM to be a member is reduced from six months to 90 days.  Allows for a random number generator to be used instead of a manual selection process of winning tickets if approved by the GCB.  Raises bingo prize limits from $200 to $500 for single games, $1000 to $2000 for cover all games for the session and for the session from $2800 to $5000 without a coverall, $3800 to $7000 with a coverall.  Cities that take 10% of the net would be required to acknowledge publicly where the money comes from.   

    Tax Bill SF1227/HF1176:  ACM Tax relief authored by Representatives Hoppe, Atkins, Davids, Dettmer, Hoppe, Lucero, Poppe and Senators Skoe, Gazelka, Metzen, Senjem, Stumpf.  The bill was heard in the House tax committee for possible inclusion in the House Omnibus tax bill, which is the best outcome that we could have at this point.  The companion bill is in the Senate Tax committee and will hopefully be heard in the next few weeks, with the expectation of the same result as in the House.  The bill reduces state taxes by 30%.  First $50,000 each fiscal year of gross net receipts (sales minus prizes) would be exempt from state tax.  Raises the combined receipt triggers from their current rates to $100,000, $200,000 and $300,000.  Changes electronic linked bingo from the combined receipt tax to the fixed rate tax of 8.5%, the same as paper bingo.  An annual outside audit would be required for organizations that have $750,000 in gross net receipts (sales minus prizes) in a given year.  If approved as written, this bill would save charities $14 million dollars annually in state tax. 

    Tax Bill SF963/HF1185:  Tax relief authored by Representatives Atkins, Newton, Lillie and Senator Metzen.  The bill cuts existing combined receipt rates in half.  This was not an ACM initiated bill, but is very much welcomed into the mix.  Heard for possible inclusion in the Omnibus House tax bill by the House tax committee, which is the best outcome that we could have at this point.  In the Senate the bill is still in the State and Local Government committee.  No deadline for tax bills.  A combination of this bill and SF1227/HF1176 is a possibility. 

    You contacting your elected representatives is imperative in getting these bills passed.  The local perspective from licensed organizations along with the recipients of those mission dollars increases the chances of these bills passing. 

    Please keep making the contacts, it does make a difference.  ACM is working at the capitol to show each and every elected official what you do in their districts and how you each make a difference.  You adding context to the work ACM does at the capitol is making an impact with the elected officials.  Please keep up the great work. 

    Please visit the new ACM website @ www.alliedcharitiesofminnesota.wildapricot.org for copies of the bills as they currently stand and for updates as they occur.

    Your help is greatly appreciated. 

    Regards,

    Al Lund

    Allied Charities of Minnesota

  • 10 Mar 2015 15:31 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    This is under the heading of what contacting your elected officials can mean.  Yesterday in the Senate State and Local Government committee the 50% Gambling Control Board monthly fee increase to licensed gaming charities was discussed.  Senator Chris Eaton (Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center) read a note from a constituent charity that talked about how the taxes and fees that they currently pay negatively impacts their ability to fund their mission work.  She then offered an amendment to eliminate the 50% increase and revert to the current fee.  The amendment did not pass, but it was very gratifying to have Senator Eaton stick up for us.  The fee increase still needs to be passed in the Senate and House Finance committees, so this issue is not a done deal. 


    After the committee hearing ACM met with Gambling Control Board Director Barrett to talk about the fee increase and to see if there is not room to come to an agreement on this issue.  No agreement was reached, but we are now talking and sharing ideas.  We would not be so adamant on this issue if we knew that our tax relief bill would pass with substantial relief, but there is no way to know that at this time. 


    ACM also met with Senator Scalze and Director Barrett yesterday to see if we could not come to a compromise on the GCB bill SF634/HF948.  ACM had issues with sections 1, 15 and 18.  As a result of that meeting we came to a compromise that we can all support.  Once the amendment reflecting those changes has been offered, we will be asking you to contact your legislators to support the bill.


    ACM policy bills SF229/HF374 (last years vetoed bill) are on the floor in both bodies and awaiting a vote.  We learned yesterday that the MN Lottery vendor partners (Linq3, Scientific Games and GTech) have added an additional lobbying firm in their efforts to stop the bill.  These vendor partners have combined sales of $5.9 billion dollars annually.  Combined they now have nine lobbyists working against our bill. 


    These companies do nothing for our local communities, they only take.  SF229/HF374 among many other improvements limits the MN Lottery to on line draw games (Powerball) and restricts their future Internet offerings of blackjack, poker, keno, dice games, craps, roulette or other games without getting legislative approval.  We cannot leave the MN Lottery or their vendor partners to their own devices; they have already shown that they have no regard for the will of the legislature.  You, your charity members and the people that benefit from your missions need to contact your elected officials and tell them that we need their support on this bill. 


    ACM tax bill SF1227/HF1176 is in the tax committee in both bodies.  There are no deadlines for tax bills as there is for policy bills.  We are in discussions with the tax chairs about the bills and what the next steps are.  We are getting a real sense that legislators are seeing what current tax policy is doing to the ability of a charity to do mission work in local communities.  We are also sharing with legislators the individual donations you’ve made in their district communities.  Again, keep contacting your elected officials with examples of what you are paying in taxes compared to what you are able to give to needs in your local communities.  It is making a difference.  

  • 09 Mar 2015 07:48 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Gary Dawson of the Backus American Legion sent me what their charity does to keep their community and leaders informed of what they do for their community.  We all need to get better at shining a light on our good works.  Forward what you are doing and we will get it posted to the ACM website.  Thanks much.  

    BackusAmericanLegion2014 CharGamTable.pdf

    BackusAmericanLegion2014CharGamNewsRel.pdf


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